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2014/2015 Summer Studentship Programme Projects

Projects Finalised (Student Allocated)

Improving Cardiovascular Risk Prediction in the General Population

logo - Heart FoundationSupervisor(s): Dr Anna Pilbrow and Professor Vicky Cameron
Sponsor: New Zealand Heart Foundation
Student: Joshua Stewart

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Identification of microRNAs in Breast Tumour Cells after Co-culture with Adipocytes

logo - Cancer Society of New ZealandSupervisor(s): Dr Margaret Currie, Dr Anna Pilbrow and Dr Elisabeth Phillips
Sponsor: Cancer Society
Student: Morgan Jones

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Developing Practice Managers: Understanding the General Practice Management Workforce

logo - Pegasus Health (Charitable) LtdSupervisor(s): Leigh Aston and Professor Les Toop
Sponsor: Pegasus Health (Charitable) Limited
Student: Sophie Bang

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Testing the Validity of New Zealand's Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines

logo - Cancer Society of New ZealandSupervisor(s): Professor Doug Sellman, Associate Professor Joe Boden, Associate Professor Simon Adamson and Associate Professor Chris Frampton
Sponsor: Cancer Society
Student: Jinhee Ahn

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Reactions of Urate Hydroperoxide with Biological Targets

Supervisor(s): Professor Tony Kettle
Sponsor: Canterbury Scientific Limited
Student: Helena Trollope

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Prognostication in Hepatic Resection for Colorectal Metastases in Christchurch, New Zealand

logo - Canterbury Medical Research FoundationSupervisor(s): Dr Dean Harris
Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation
Student: Tom Moore

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Decision Aids for Cardiovascular Risk Management in Primary Care

logo - Pegasus Health (Charitable) LtdSupervisor(s): Pip Mason and Dr Ben Hudson
Sponsor: Pegasus Health (Charitable) Ltd
Student: Erika Stark

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IBD Incidence in Canterbury, New Zealand

Supervisor(s): Associate Professor Richard Gearry and Professor Andrew Day
Sponsor: Christchurch Gastroenterology Research Trust
Student: Vikesh Gupta

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MIF and the Regulation of Inflammation 

logo - University of OtagoSupervisor(s): Associate Professor Mark Hampton and Nina Dickerhof
Sponsor: Department of Pathology
Student: Sarah Drake

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Peri-operative Analgesic Requirements and Quality of Recovery

Supervisor(s): Associate Professor Ross Kennedy, Mr Leigh Parsons and Dr Tim Chapman
Sponsor: Anaesthetists' Instument Pool Limited
Student: Harriet Marshall

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Intestinal Membrance Vesicles - A Novel Innate Defense Mechanism?

Supervisor(s): Dr Jacqui Keenan and Professor Andrew Day
Sponsor: The Bowel and Liver Trust
Student: Gabrielle Budd

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Improving the Diagnosis of Gestational Diabetes Through Better Analysis of Laboratory Plasma Glucose

Supervisor(s): Dr Helen Lunt, Dr Ruth Hughes, Associate Professor Chris Florkowski and Dr Guy Mulligan
Sponsor: Diabetes Training and Research Trust
Student: Rebekah Carey

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Systematic Literature Review of the Effects of Urate Lowering on Clinical Outcomes in Gout

logo - Arthritis NZSupervisor(s): Professor Lisa Stamp and Associate Professor William Taylor
Sponsor: Arthritis NZ
Student: Amy Thomas

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Human Amylase Gene Copy Number Variation and Breast Cancer Development 

logo - Cancer Society of New ZealandSupervisor(s): Dr Logan Walker
Sponsor: Cancer Society
Student: Lucy de Jong

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Evaluation of Pegasus Healths "Stop Smoking Support Options" Programme

logo - Pegasus Health (Charitable) LtdSupervisor(s): Dr Lynley Cook and Associate Professor Dee Mangin
Sponsor: Pegasus Health (Charitable) Ltd
Student: Abigail Boyer

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Ease of Walking on Low Impact Flooring

logo - Canterbury Medical Research FoundationSupervisor(s): Dr Carl Hanger and Professor Tim Wilkinson
Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation
Student: Jayden Ball

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Colorectal MDM: Audit to Determine which Cases Benefit from Discussion in the MDM

Supervisor(s): Professor Bridget Robinson, Dr Chris Wakeman, Professor Frank Frizelle, Ms Laura Coleman
Sponsor: Centre for Translational Cancer Research
Student: Chris Fernando

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Are Breast Tumour Cells and Adipocytes Co-consiprators in Aggressive Breast Tumours?

Supervisor(s): Dr Elisabeth Phillips and Dr Margaret Currie
Sponsor: Breast Cancer Society
Student: Sam Hall-McMaster

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Very Low Birthweight Young Adults - Parental Assessments of their Health and Social Functioning

logo - University of OtagoSupervisor(s): Professor Brian Darlow, A/Prof John Horwood and Dr Maggie Meeks
Sponsor: University of Otago, Christchurch Department of Paediatrics
Student: Georgia Moody

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Understanding the Learning Needs of Community Physiotherapists

logo - Pegasus Health (Charitable) LtdSupervisor(s): Charlotte Matthews and Profesor Les Toop
Sponsor: Pegasus Health (Charitable) Ltd
Student: Rosa Leggat

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Cytokine and Growth Factor Profiling in Ascitic Fluids from Chemo-sensitive and Resistant of Ovarian Cancer Patients

logo - Cancer Society of New ZealandSupervisor(s): Dr Kenny Chitcholtan and Associate Professor Peter Sykes
Sponsor: Cancer Society
Student: David Jin

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Measuring Bone Density using MARS Spectral CT

logo - University of OtagoSupervisor(s): Dr Nigel Anderson and Kishore Rajendran
Sponsor: Radiology Department
Student: Gray Lu

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3D Printing System for Cartilage Tissue Engineering

logo - Canterbury Medical Research FoundationSupervisor(s): Dr Tim Woodfield and Naveen Vijayan Mekhileri
Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation
Student: Ben Jar

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Evaluation of the latest New Zealand Guidelines for Screening for Persistent Postpartum Hyperglycaemia Following Gestational Diabetes

Supervisor(s): Dr Joanna Gullam and Dr Ruth Hughes
Sponsor: Diabetes Training and Research Trust
Student: Erynna Scherf

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Spectral Imaging for Non-invasive Quantification of Gold Nanoparticles in Tumour Mouse Model

logo - University of OtagoSupervisor(s): Dr Aamir Raja, Associate Professor Anthony Butler and Joe Healey
Sponsor: Radiology Department
Student: Dylan Paterson

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Incidence of Complications after Radiotherapy for Prostate Cancer

logo - Cancer Society of New ZealandSupervisor(s): Melissa James and Steve Williams
Sponsor: Cancer Society
Student: Gabrielle McLean

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Investigations into the use of Macrolides in Community Acquired Pneumonia

logo - University of OtagoSupervisor(s): Dr Sarah Metcalf, Professor Steve Chambers and Dr Pleayo Tovaranonte
Sponsor: Division of Health Sciences
Student: Chivala Heal

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Breastfeeding in Primary Care - The Experience of Mothers who seek Breastfeeding Support

Logo-Rural CanterburySupervisor(s): Dr Geraldine Wilson and Mrs Janetta Skiba
Sponsor: Rural Canterbury PHO
Student: Katelyn Thorn

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Outcome of Patients Diagnosed with Lung Cancer in Upper South Island Region

logo - Canterbury District Health BoardSupervisor(s): Dr Greg Frazer
Sponsor: Canterbury District Health Board
Student: Nina Chambers

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Determining the Prevalance of Normal and Sub Aneurysmal Aortic Diameters in Patients Undergoing CT Colonography

logo - University of OtagoSupervisor(s): Dr Manar Khashram and Professor Justin Roake
Sponsor: Radiology Department
Student: Anshuman Gupta

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Ease up on the Pot - Cannabis users' Moderation Experiences

logo - University of OtagoSupervisor(s): Associate Professor Simon Adamson and Dr Ria Schroder
Sponsor: Division of Health Sciences
Student: Davika Bartlett

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Outcomes of Colorectal Cancer in Christchurch - A Four Cohort Study

logo - Canterbury Medical Research FoundationSupervisor(s): Professor Frank Frizelle
Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation
Student: Callum Davidson

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Adverse Drug Reactions Causing Hospital Admissions

logo - Canterbury Medical Research FoundationSupervisor(s): Associate Professor Matt Doogue, Associate Professor David Jardine, Matthew Strother and Dr John Pearson
Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation
Student: Tom Judd

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Clinical Guidelines, Complex Patients and Polypharmacy

logo - Maurice & Phyllis Paykel TrustSupervisor(s): Associate Professor David Jardine, Associate Professor Matt Doogue and Professor Murray Barclay
Sponsor: Maurice and Phyllis Paykel Trust
Student: Annabelle McGowan

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Cardiovascular Risks in Women with Endometrial Cancer 

logo - Cancer Society of New ZealandSupervisor(s): Associate Professor Peter Sykes and Dr Bryony Simcock
Sponsor: Cancer Society
Student: Kelly MacDonald

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Is the Vitamin C Content of Red Blood Cells a More Stable Indicator of Body Ascorbate Status?

logo - douglasSupervisor(s): Dr Anitra Carr and Dr Gabi Dachs
Sponsor: Douglas Pharmaceuticals
Student: Susannah Dunham

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The Effect of High Flow, Humidified air via Air on Oxygen Content, Humidity and Temperature

logo - Maurice & Phyllis Paykel TrustSupervisor(s): Dr Paul Kelly and Associate Professor Lutz Beckert
Sponsor: Fisher and Paykel Healthcare
Student: Ann Jun

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Investigating the Pathology of Cobalt-induced Pseudo-tumour Formation

Supervisor(s): Professor Margreet Vissers, Dr Tim Woodfield, Associate Professor Gary Hooper
Sponsor: New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women Trust
Student: Simona Siezova

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The clinical assessment of acoustic monitoring in revision total hip replacement

Supervisor(s): Professor Gary Hooper, Dr Tim Woodfield and Dr Geoff Rodgers
Sponsor: Canterbury Orthopaedic Services
Student: Sam Wilkinson

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A Real Time System to Warn Carers that a Patient, at Risk of Falling, is Leaving the Bed

logo - Canterbury District Health BoardSupervisor(s): Dr Nigel Miller, Associate Professor Geoff Shaw and Professor J Geoffry Chase
Sponsor: Canterbury District Health Board

Student: Jonathan Wong

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Perioperative DVT prophyllaxis in surgical patients admitted to General Medicine with PE

logo - New Zealand Federation of Graduate WomenSupervisor(s): Dr David Cole, Dr David Jardine and Dr Pleayo Tovaranonte
Sponsor: New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women Trust
Student: Markus Ho

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Validity of the InterRAI Outcomes Scales for Older Adults in Specialist Mental Health Services

Supervisor(s): Dr Susan Gee, Dr Matthew Croucher and Mr Jason Elley
Sponsor: The Canterbury Healthcare of the Elderly Education Trust
Student: Alex Barron

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Pilot Study: Outcomes in Cognitive Impairment in Canterbury

logo - Age ConcernSupervisor(s): Dr Hamish Jamieson
Sponsor: Age Concern Trust
Student: Arthi Veerasamy

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Pilot study: The Long Term Effects of Incontinence in Older People

Supervisor(s): Dr Sally Keeling
Sponsor: Urology Research Foundation Board
Student: Juno Pyun

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Optimising PEEP in Mechanically Ventilated Patients

logo - Canterbury Medical Research FoundationSupervisor(s): Associate Professor Geoff Shaw and Professor J Geoffry Chase
Sponsor: Canterbury Medical Research Foundation
Student: Minyan Voon

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